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DARK MOFO

Dark Mofo 2015 Spotlight: Red Bull Music Academy Presents Eye: Circom

Those familiar with maverick artist Yamantaka Eye must have expected him to eventually show up in the early years of Hobart's increasingly popular winter festival Dark Mofo. So it wasn't surprising to see his latest, incredibly vast idea, Eye: Circom on the line-up, in association with those constant diggers of the experimental Red Bull Music Academy.

Dark Mofo 2015: Our favourite moments of Hobart's winter festival


Photo by John Goodridge

Hobart's dramatic Dark Mofo wrapped up 10 days of the eclectic and experimental yesterday with a mass nude swim in River Derwent. It was the third year of the festival, and by far the largest as more and more people from across Australia became aware of just how exciting and transformative the Museum of Old and New Art's celebration of the winter solstice has become.

Dark Mofo Photo Gallery: The Irrepressibles + Brous - The Odeon (20.06.15)

The Irrepressibles are the project of English artist / vocalist / composer / multi-instrumentalist Jamie Irrepressible. Over the weekend, they played DARK MOFO, their only Australian performance, to an enthralled crowd. Featuring songs from Nude, The Irrepressibles were supported by the amazing Sophia Brous and her band. Photos by John Goodridge.

Dark Mofo Photo Gallery: Eye: Circom + My Disco + Jake Blood + Kusum Normoyle - The Odeon, Hobart (19.06.15)

The Red Bull Music Academy presented night opens with banshee-like singer Kusum Normoyle (Pictured) and two banks of Marshall amps set to feedback. After an interlude with some techno disco sounds by Melbourne's Jake Blood the room is ready for iconic Japanese musician Yamantaka Eye. Six laptops programmed with synthesizers are arranged in a circle, each controlled by a musician and directed by Eye. The result is a mesmerising spectacle of noise. The night is finished off by Melbourne's My Disco with their agitated wall of sound. John Goodridge was there to bring you these photos.

Dark Mofo Photo Gallery: Pallbearer + The Body + Oake - Odean Theatre, Hobart (18.06.15)

A night of American doom, sludge metal and Berlin electronica came to Dark Mofo in Hobart, Tasmania on Thursday night. John Goodridge brings you these photos.

5 Surefire Hits of Dark Mofo 2015 not to be Missed!

And so the Dark Mofo lovers looked to the wintry skies of Hobart and said, 'No. We will not freeze over.' Well, maybe it hasn't gone exactly like that, but it's safe to say that the winter festival of arts in Hobart has stayed true to its reputation and has lit up some cold Tasmanian evenings since it kicked off on Friday night. Some truly stellar performers have brought their shows to thousands already and there's still so much to come! We're heading south this week to get amongst it all and below are just five of the shows still on the program we can't wait to experience.

Arts News: Hendricks Gin to stage abandoned circus installation at Dark Mofo 2015

There is no denying that Hendrick's Gin are consistent with their aesthetic, tapping into a world of bizarre extravaganzas and divine oddities that is as unique and memorable as the iconic brand. It can be downright scary at times what the team behind Hendrick's come up with, and one recurring theme has always been to do with the circus.

'Curators as the new punk rock stars': Dark Mofo and the appeal of the eclectic and experimental festival programs.

Recently, the 2015 Dark Mofo festival unveiled what is once again being lauded as one of the best experimental and eclectic programs on the Australian arts calendar. The winter festival brings masses of music, visual arts and performance art fans down to Hobart during June and is known for being unafraid of pushing the boundaries, exploring art's darker corners, curiosities and quirks that other arts festivals may still be slightly timid to delve into. In an interview with The Pop Group's frontman Mark Stewart, he referred to festival curators are almost like the new kind of punk rock stars, in his words, "A lot of these people would have been in bands or running fanzines [and] they've kept their nerve and are now curating weird institutions...".

The AU Review Presents Emma Swift: Live at Sydney Courtyard Sessions 2015 next Friday!

the AU review is proud to present Emma Swift, playing at Sydney’s Courtyard Sessions next Friday, January 30th. As her surname might lead you to presume, Swift is an Americana country artist—but don’t let the name fool you. Swift’s soft, lingering vocals lend her music a haunting vulnerability that separates her from other artists of the genre today.

Five Reasons You Should Have Gone to Dark Mofo in Hobart

Over 11 days in June, the second annual Dark Mofo Festival transforms the cold winter of Hobart into a wonderland of arts and culture that locals and folk from the mainland come in their droves to experience. And if you didn't, well, Lauren Anseline was there and is letting you in on the five reasons you missed one hell of a good time. See you there next year?